Octavia Spencer Opens Up About Losing Her Mother at 18 — and the Priceless Lessons She Left Behind

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Although Octavia Spencer lost her mother, Dellsena, when she was just 18, the lessons left behind continue to the shape the actress.

Speaking on The Jess Cagle Interview, Spencer, 46, opened up to PEOPLE and 

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